Fun Lore and Experiments with Balloons that Needs to be Heard
Balloons are fun, isn't it? Even though it is viewed as a simple object, people use 31,000 balloons per year. You can do many things with balloons, for example, it could be used for decorative purposes, entertainment purposes, or even used to practical purposes such as meteorology, medical treatment, or transportation. The balloon’s properties, including its low density and low cost, have led to a wide range of applications. If you like balloons, here are some more interesting facts that you should learn about!
A balloon can be defined as a flexible, inflatable bag that is filled with gas, such as helium, hydrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen, or air. These different types of gases give different effects on the balloon, for instance, helium. This gas causes the balloon to float because helium is less dense than air. It all depends on the type of balloon we use and the gas we decide to use in it.
Not only is there the quality of gas affecting the balloon, but the quality of the balloon itself. What these balloons are made of can vary from rubber, latex, polychloroprene, metalized plastic, or nylon fabric. These factors affect how the balloon turns out and what happens to it.
The origin story of balloons started when Professor Michael Faraday created the first ever rubber balloons in 1824 for use in his hydrogen experiments at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. Faraday made his balloons by cutting two spherical sheets of caoutchouc (French for rubber), placing them one on top of the other, and pushing their edges together. He used flour to wipe the inside of the balloon, and in result, the tacky rubber merged automatically to prevent the opposite surfaces from fusing.
The Tillotson Rubber Company manufactured the first modern latex balloon derived from rubber tree sap in 1931, marking another huge milestone in balloon technology. This innovative balloon was likely the world's first novelty-shaped and printed balloon, formed like a cat's head with pointed ears and a whisker-printed face.
There are many fun experiments with balloons.
Below are some simple but exciting ways to do with balloons at home.
- Blow up a balloon without blowing.
- Design a balloon-powered car.
- Skewer a balloon without popping it.
- Float a balloon-powered boat.
- Create ice crystal explosions.
- Power a light bulb with static electricity.
- Use a balloon pump to blow the foil balloon.
And many other different cool experiments!
Even though it seems easy, you must be careful while doing these experiments. Wear goggles to be safe, so when you blow up the balloons, they will protect your eyes from any small particles coming from the balloons.
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